University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


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MSU forestry non-credit online courses - Summer 2021

The Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, is pleased to offer non-credit course options for individuals interested in online, self-paced learning. These courses are a great fit for those looking to expand their knowledge on topics of forestry outside of a degree-granting program. Courses are taught at three levels: introductory (lower division undergraduate), intermediate (upper division undergraduate), and advanced (graduate). All participants that complete a course will receive a "Certificate of Completion."

To enroll, visit our Continuing Education page or click a course below.
Forest Biogeochemistry and Climate Change
Summer Semester, Session 1: May 17 - July 1
Biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients within forest ecosystems. Disturbance, harvesting and forest management effects on the exchange of greenhouse gases between forest ecosystems and the atmosphere.
Contact: Akihiro Koyama, koyamaak(at)
Cost: $865          
Level: Advanced
Introduction to Forestry
Summer Semester, Session 1: May 17 – July 1
Historical development of forestry. Forest growth, protection, management, and products. Relationship of national and world economy and policy to forestry.
Contact: Jim Rivard, rivard12(at)
Cost: $600          
Level: Introductory
Michigan’s Forests
Summer Semester, Session 1: May 17 – July 1
Ecological, social and economic roles of Michigan’s forests in historic and contemporary context. Geographic similarities and differences in forest resources.
Contact: Jim Rivard, rivard12(at)
Cost: $600          
Level: Introductory
R Programming for Data Science
Summer Semester, Session 2: July 6 – Aug 19
Programming in R and use of associated open source tools. Addressing practical issues in documenting workflow, data management, and scientific computing.
Contact: Andy Finley, finleya(at)
Cost: $1500       
Level: Advanced
Contemporary Issues in Forests and the Environment
Summer Semester, Session 2: July 6 – Aug 19
Role of forests in environmental quality and human
well-being. Topics include the role of forests in: mitigating climate change, creating rainfall, promoting human psychological health, and providing the materials for carbon-storing wooden skyscrapers.
Contact: Richard Kobe, kobe(at)
Andy Vander Yacht, vandery1(at)
Cost: $200          
Level: Introductory

Short & Mini Courses:
Understanding Forest Carbon Management
This self-paced course takes 6-8 weeks and runs throughout the year during the following periods:
March 15 - June 15; July 15 - October 15; November 15 - February 15
This online short course designed to provide a robust introduction to the benefits of forest land management specific to carbon while offering clear action paths. Topic areas include carbon cycle and storage science, domestic and international policy overview, project case studies, management considerations, measurement basics, and available tools and support.
Cost: $850
Forest Certification & Climate Change
This self-paced course takes 2-3 weeks and runs throughout the year during the following periods:
March 9 - June 9; July 9 - October 9; November 9 - February 9
Learners will develop a robust understanding of forest land values and ecologic services linking carbon management and climate change mitigation activities with forest certification.
Cost: $250


Master of Science in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, Germany // 31 May or 15 July 2021

You are invited to apply to the 2021 MSc Course in TROPICAL FORESTRY. The course is taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence. The Master course qualifies future decision-makers and change agents to develop sustainable forest management strategies and implement development-relevant interventions in rural and peri-urban areas. The studies provide expert knowledge to handle manifold human-forest interactions and sustainable development issues. Its international orientation and socio-economic focus make this program unique in Europe. You will profit from the multidisciplinary international experience of TUD’s research scientists and lecturers. Today, over 300 graduates from our program work in private and public sectors all over the Tropics.

Date: 1 October 2021
Duration: 24 months
Venue: Dresden, Germany
Organizers: Technische Universität Dresden

Application deadlines:
1 April - 31 May (international applicants, from outside the EU)
1 April - 15 July (applicants from the EU)

Contact:  tropentutor(at)        


3 week online course "Integrated Land Use Systems" // 15 May 2021

Integrated Land Use Systems (ILUS), which combine different types of land uses and integrate several management goals, are gaining attention worldwide. It is assumed that ILUS compared to classic production systems provide a higher level of ecosystem goods and services, are less vulnerable to the risks of global change and market volatilities, and are better suited to the livelihood strategies of rural populations. However, despite these promises, in practice, ILUS still play an only minor role in most agricultural landscapes. Against this backdrop, this module intends to carefully reflect about the economic, social and environmental features of important ILUS and possibilities for broader diffusion. In this 3-week full time online course participants will be familiarized with important ILUS (e.g., silvo-pastoral or agroforestry systems) and gain up to date expert knowledge on the matter. You will acquire key competencies in the analysis of ecological, social and economic foundations and effects of ILUS. The participants will be organized into small working groups to conduct in-depth analyses on selected ILUS issues, taking into account different geographical regions, socioeconomic settings and production objectives. To prepare the groups for this task, experts introduce key aspects of ILUS from technical, environmental and economic perspectives, and present relevant insights from South-America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Furthermore, (video) excursions to the surroundings of Freiburg will provide practical insights about the relevance, potentials and challenges related to the application of ILUS. The module is designed for international graduate students,consultants and land use professionals, as well as for young scientists working in the field of forest, agricultural, and environmental sciences, geography, rural development, land use planning, landscape ecology and other related fields of natural resource management. The programme is open for applications from all countries. Study fee: 200 EUR.

Date: 21 June - 9 July 2021
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Organizers: Chair of Silviculture, University of Freiburg 

Submit application by: 15 May 2021

Details at:        


MSc Forest Sciences / International Forestry // 15 May 2021

The Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources of Freiburg University is pleased to invite applications for its MSc Forest Sciences – International Forestry starting in October 2021. Forests and forestry offer solutions to many sustainable development issues. Freiburg, the green city in the heart of Europe, where Forest Sciences have a long tradition, is the ideal place to acquire the necessary competencies. Excellence in research and teaching and the Black Forest as the living lab at our doorstep provide the ideal environment for training of future forest experts. Our mission is to qualify professionals who can deal with the current challenges of sustainable forest management for all ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, and climate change adaptation. A flexible programme structure allows you to build your own academic profile and prepare for your future career. The elective track "International Forestry" focuses on the international dimensions of forestry and offers competencies for graduates aiming to work in a range of fields to tackle the complex issues associated with the sustainable management of forests.

Date: 15 October 2021 - 31 March 2023
Venue: Freiburg, Germany
Organizers: Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg
Submit application by: 15 May 2021



UBC Master of International Forestry

Today’s forest conservation and resource management decisions are made in continuously changing landscapes. Global agreements continue to be negotiated. International competition for forest products and services is increasing. Decision-makers and practitioners must be prepared to compete in rapidly changing social, economic, and cultural settings. The University of British Columbia's Master of International Forestry (MIF) is an intensive, 10-month, course-based master's program that provides the knowledge, skills, and tools required to address the social, environmental, and economic challenges of the global forest and natural resources management. The MIF empowers graduates to seek, negotiate, and implement solutions for complex global forest challenges, and most importantly, to adapt and succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Organizers: Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Submit application by: not indicated

Details at:


2020-21 Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) Learning Exchange Series

The Michigan State University Forest Carbon and Climate Program (MSU FCCP) is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) Learning Exchange Series. This year’s lineup includes a variety of speakers on topics such as land management, restoration, business perspectives, and carbon in contexts like agriculture and urban forests.

Date: 7 October 2020  / 4 November / 2 December 2020 / 6 January 2021 / 3 February / 3 March / 7 April / 5 May / 2 June 2021; 3:00-4:00 pm EST
Venue: online
Organizers: Michigan State Forest Carbon and Climate Program, Forest-Climate Working Group, Michigan State University



NFZ forestnet Annual Summer School: Emerging Pests and Diseases in Temperate Forests

The summer school aims to present the state of knowledge on some emerging forest pests and diseases through case studies. It will also focus on risk management, detection, monitoring and control methods and include classes, tutorials, discussion sessions, working groups and a field trip to the Vosges forests. Each day will focus on a specific topic concerning emerging pests and diseases in European temperate forests. The course will consist of a 5-day cycle of lectures, discussions, interactive learning activities, and moderated forums provided by international experts. The summer school is designed for PhD students, young researchers, and Master's students interested in understanding the biology and the epidemiology of emerging pests and diseases in temperature forests, and gaining insight into the consequences for forest management.

New Date: 5-9 July 2021
Location: Nancy, France
Organizers: AgroParisTech, INRAE, Université de Lorraine (France)

Registration: 1 March - 1 May 2021
Details at: